Kiitella Medals at Lake Placid World Cup

Colorado artist hand crafts medals for Lake Placid World Cup events

By ANDY FLYNN – Editor, Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID – When the men and women from around the world collect their 2018 Viessmann Luge World Cup medals Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, at the Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track, they will be given pieces of art – all hand made by metal artist Lisa Issenberg, of Colorado. Issenberg operates her business, Kiitella (Finnish meaning: to thank, applaud or praise), in the San Juan mountains.

In addition to the medals for the luge World Cup in Lake Placid, she will be making medals for the bobsled and skeleton World Cup in Lake Placid on Feb. 15-16, the Freestyle World Cup (aerials and moguls) in Lake Placid and Wilmington on Jan. 18-19 and the U.S. National Championships Freestyle Aerials on Jan. 26.

Photo credit: Elise Ruocco


Issenberg in her metal shop, working on the luge medals


For the luge World Cup, Kiitella fabricated medallions with satin-polished thick steel plate, featuring cut-out silhouettes of each discipline. The event logo is metal-printed, framed and riveted.

“The medals symbolize the radical talent, bravery and boldness of the competitors,” Issenberg said. “Kiitella’s process includes a mix of both handcraft and industrial techniques. No two medals are the same.”

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Kiitella Trophies: 2018 Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards


The Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards trophy by Kiitella makes the cover of The Daily Day 3 at OR Winter Market 2018… and Kiitella is pretty thrilled. Twelve companies were chosen from thirty-two finalists, and received custom trophies for their innovative products. See the article in The Daily Day 3, pp. 12-13 (ISSUU pp.16-17)


About the trophy design: The Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards new elegant and minimal logo — shapes representing an arrow and north star (think COMPASS) — bursts into 3D via thick stainless steel and polished brass. The four award criteria — spark, desire, function, impact — are cut through the trophy base, ie the compass dial. Company names with their winning products are hand-stamped on the front.


PrimaLoft accepting their trophy for Product of the Year: PrimaLoft Bio: 100% recycled, bio-degradable synthetic insulation.


Lisa Issenberg, the artist behind Kiitella, stumbled upon the United By Blue booth at OR… and found founders Brian Linton and Mike Cangi. Their winning Bison Puffer Jacket is filled with a new type of insulation: bison fiber – an unused byproduct from the ranching industry.

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Defend the Wilderness



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“The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.” – Ed Abbey. November 9th, we celebrate 50 years of “Desert Solitaire” and Edward Abbey at our annual Customer Appreciation Party! The dress code is blue jeans, boots, and flannel – so come all ye wilderness defenders, styling the Moab Fall standard-issue wear! There will be some spectacular gifts for the first 134 through the door, and an epic raffle for prizes with local businesses around town including a helicopter ride. We’ll give you some teasers and more info in the meantime…. See you next week!!! #moab #edabbey #desertsolitaire #ds50 #monkeywrenchgang #wilderness#loveyourmother #earthfirst #crookedtrails #windingroads #lonewolves#rabblerousers #booknerds #lovetoread #utah #southwest #bookstores#loveyourbookstore #shoplocal #keepitlocal #community